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Win a Gift Card

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Thanks so much for being a follower of this blog for many years, and welcome to those who are new to it, as well.

I appreciate all 1000 of you who have signed up so far, as of today, and want to celebrate you and today’s milestone, by offering a summertime giveaway.

Enter to win one of two $10.00 gift cards for Bath & Body Works products, just by re-blogging this or any other existing post from this blog between July 24 and July 31, 2016.

By sharing any existing blog post from here, your name will be automatically entered into the drawing.

Thank you for all the likes, and lovely comments I’ve received and good luck in the drawing!

Drawing summary:

  1. Re-blog this or any existing article from this blog between July 24 and July 31, 2016.
  2. Upon re-blogging, your name will be automatically entered into the drawing.
  3. A total of two Bath & Body Works $10.00 gift cards will be awarded.
  4. Gift cards can be used in stores or online at their website link listed in number 3.
  5. The two winners will be drawn, notified and announced on August 1, 2016.

Good luck and thanks!



Many Awards and Many Thanks!

Recently, I received three award nominations, and two were on the same day. A big thank you to Ute at Ute smile, for nominating me for the Best Moment Award, Fae at Fae’s Twist & Tango for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award and Letizia at Dutch Goes Italian for the Liebster Blog Award nomination!

What a lovely surprise and honor to be acknowledged in this way, by these three very special women.

They each share a lot of joy throughout their beautiful blogs, and all are the recipients of numerous awards themselves.

Their kindness in recognizing others is a wonderful demonstration of their generosity!


Tomorrow is promised to no one.” ― Walter Payton 

Best Moments Award

Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered –
Savoring the experience of quality time.


The rules for One Lovely Blog Award are:

  1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
  3. Share 7 random things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 7 or more blogs with the award, a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.

Liebster Blog

The rules for Liebster Blog Award are:

  1. Post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  2. Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (make sure you tell them you nominated them!) and ask them 11 questions.
  3. You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you!
  4. Try to choose blogs who have 200 or less followers.

Random facts about myself:

  1. Dancing classes at the gym have been a huge addition to my life and great exercise.
  2. I enjoy board game night with friends and the food that accompanies it.
  3. As a teenager, I attended Arizona State University and lived in a dorm.
  4. I enjoy arts and craft fairs.
  5. Skinny Cow chocolate ice cream sandwiches are one of my favorite snacks.
  6. I worked at Princeton University for several years.
  7. I’ve reached the over 100 posts mark.
  8. When I first learned to drive, it was with a car that had a stick shift.
  9. Driving my mustang convertible has been a lot of fun.
  10. Connecting with loved ones brings me joy.
  11. Hot apple pie is my special treat especially on holidays.

Questions posed to me and my answers:

  1. What was your favorite age? Many were good but becoming a legal adult at 18 was special.
  2. If you needed to emigrate, which country would you choose? Hard to choose but one that has beautiful beaches would be desirable.
  3. What is your favorite dish? Filet mignon 
  4. Which city would you recommend me to visit and why? Key West Florida – For the nightly sunset celebrations.  
  5. What makes you smile? Puppies, kindness and a good sense of humor.
  6. What is your favorite quote?  “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change.” – Wayne W. Dyer
  7. Name one negative aspect of your home country. Fortunately, the positive aspects outweigh the negative, so I will respectfully focus on that.
  8. Syrupy or Savory?  Both offer a good variety
  9. How do you prefer to travel? Plane, car, train, etc.? By car but usually take a plane for quicker arrival.
  10. What does ‘injustice’ means to you? Inequality  
  11. What is your ultimate way of relaxing? Being near the ocean

My questions to the nominees:

  1. Who has been the most positive influence in your life?
  2. What was your favorite class in school?
  3. What is your favorite time of year?
  4. If you had one wish that could be granted today, what would it be?
  5. What type of movies do you enjoy?
  6. What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
  7. What famous person would you like to meet?
  8. If you could live someone else’s life for one day who would you choose?
  9. What is your favorite song?
  10. If a book were written about you, what would it be called?
  11. Who would you like to play you in a movie about your life?

I am delighted to nominate the following bloggers for the Best Moment Award, One Lovely Blog Award, and the Liebster Blog Award!

Select one or accept all three, as you choose.

Pocketful of Motherhood

Hope 4 Us Now

Linda Makiej Photography

Through Jersey Eyes


Ariston Organic

A Seamless Life

The Highfalutin Duck

Yoga Moments-Menorca

Living Success 3D

Davisville Design

 Congratulations and enjoy!

Wonderful Team Member Readership Award and Blog of the Year – 2nd Star!


A BIG thank you to Fae’s Twist & Tango for nominating me for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award and a second nomination for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award! This is my second star out of a total of 6 for this award, and I really appreciate it!

It is wonderful to be recognized by such a warm and creative spirit, such as Fae, who has a refreshingly unique way of sharing about travel, food, music, and more!

The rules for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award are:

  1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
  3. Nominate 14 blogs for the award, a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
  4. Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

Blog of the Year Award 2 star thumbnail

The rules for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award are:

  1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
  3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.
  5. You can now also join our Facebook page – click the link here ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook page and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars.

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star! There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

It is my pleasure to introduce and bring attention to the many creative and inspirational people who share their talents through their blogs each month.

So, I am delighted to nominate the following Bloggers for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award and the Blog of the Year 2012 Award!

For those who have already received a star(s) for the Blog of the Year award, please add an additional one to your badge! You can pick up the corresponding badge at the link shown in the rules.

  1. Poetry and Ice cream
  2. Patina and Company
  3. The Eco and the ID
  4. Caroline Skanne
  5. Day One
  6. Wild Sherkin
  7. Mirth and Motivation
  8. Tracy Campbell Wacky World of Writing
  9. Starfish Way
  10. Gentle Stitches
  11. Taming the Invisible Dragon
  12. Kokopelli Bee Free Blog
  13. Dutch Goes Italian
  14. Bam’s Kitchen

Congratulations to all!

The Beautiful Blogger Award

Thank you very much Daniela at the Lantern Post for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Daniela’s blog is warm and enlightening, and she is a multiple award nominee herself for good reason.

The rules of this award, as I understand them, are as follows:

  1. Post seven things about myself.
  2. Nominate other bloggers who I feel deserve the award.
  3. Let them know about the nomination.

Seven things about me:

  1. I enjoy watching football with my husband much to his delight.
  2. I have taken a liking to a game called, Mexican Train.
  3. Pizza is one of my favorite treats.
  4. Chocolate chip cookies are also a favorite.  
  5. Reading books is a pleasurable pastime, especially a good suspense thriller.
  6. In spite of the movie, Jaws, I still love being in and around the ocean.
  7. I moved to Arizona with my husband in 2005 for the wealth of sunshine.

It is always a challenge to single out specific blogs, as there are so many great ones available. However, it is my pleasure to nominate the following sites for the Beautiful Blogger Award:

  1. Living Yoga with Stella
  2. The Front Window
  3. A Nature Mom
  4. Terrified Tastebud
  5. Everlasting Love of Flowers
  6. Zent Creative Blog
  7. Through The Healing Lens
  8. Lovely Shoots
  9. Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches
  10. Dalmatian Dig’s Blog
  11. Out of The Birdcage
  12. Dutch Goes Italian
  13. Sue Ann’s Balcony
  14. The Regina Chronicles 366
  15. Recovery Thru My Lens







Congratulations to all!



The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Amy at The Bumble Files for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I am thrilled to be considered for this award, and find it a huge honor to be recognized in this way. Thank you for this wonderful acknowledgment, as I am humbled to have been selected alongside so many other inspiring blogs.

Here are the rules for this award:

1. Thank the person who nominated me.

       Thank you again, Amy.

2. Share 7 things about myself.

  1. I am happily married.
  2. Recently became a published author.
  3. Grew up in Minnesota.
  4. I am the youngest of 6 children.
  5. My favorite animal is the yellow lab.
  6. I enjoy watching movies.
  7. I lived in Key West Florida for one year.

3. Nominate 7 other bloggers for this award.

There are so many blogs I enjoy, so it was tough to select only a few. This speaks to the fact that there are so many inspirational writers out there, who really pour their heart and soul into their articles.

At this time, I have selected the following nominees for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

  1. Taming The Invisible Dragon
  2. Julie Hansen Intuitive
  3. Professions for Peace
  4. Floating with the Breeze
  5. Kokopelli Bee Free Blog
  6. Life is an Exquisite Journey
  7. Zen and Genki

4. Put the logo of the award on my blog site.







I wish to thank everyone who visits, ‘likes’, and comments on my blog!